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Introduction
1)
Title
Fishermen's Memorial
2)
Town, State
Gloucester, MA
3)
ID #
1060
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
April 09, 2003
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
August 16, 2010
6)
Site Worked Last
July 15, 2013
Description
A statue of a fisherman, in bronze at his ship’s wheel, stands on a granite pedestal and looks out over the harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts, founded 1623. For close to 400 years over 5,300 fishermen, the Gloucestermen, in earning a living and making a life have died going down to the sea in ships. Their sacrifice – the community’s loss: so outsized and enduring -- staggers, and finally, overwhelms. This Fishermen’s Memorial, also known as the Man at the Wheel memorial, recalls, honors and celebrates these men, their efforts, their values, lives and memories. An oval plaza situated in front of the sculpture contains granite blocks with plaques, and listed on them by year-lost are the names of the thousands of souls. Observers may view and touch the lettered names of those lost at sea. (The gathering, and verifying, of the names alone was necessary and rewarding yet extensive and difficult.)

• The memorial was created by sculptor Leonard F. Craske (b. London, 1882; d. Boston, 1950). He was selected by the Gloucester Tercentenary [1623-1923] Permanent Memorial Association, which sponsored a competition, in 1923. The Craske statue was cast by Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island. The oval site expansion, mentioned above, between statue and sea, was designed essentially to extend and complete, so to speak, the original work. It created site space for the plaques containing the many names. This last effort was headed up by Gaspar Lafata and artist Philip Cusumano.

• Looking out onto the town’s harbor, the Fishermen’s Memorial is situated on Stacy Esplanade, near where Western Avenue (Route 127) intersects Babson Court. The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial is situated across the bridge, or the cut, from this monument, toward the western end of the Stacy Esplanade (see ID # 1880).

• The Fishermen’s Memorial was commenced in 1923, and the base to the statue placed during August. The statue was installed in 1925 and dedicated on August 23rd. The memorial’s bronze and granite cenotaph was dedicated on September 3, 2000. Over the years, the memorial and its improvements have been supported by sources public and private.

Content
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1)
Seafaring
2)
Group of common citizens/persons
3)
Not Applicable
5)
Caucasian
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock and metal
5)
Average (life-size)
6)
Four +
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly and on tablet
8)
Text available, partial
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
3000-301.1, 3000-301.2, 3000-301.3, 3000-301.4, 3000-301.5, 3000-301.6, 3000-301.7, 3000-301.8
10)
Design Preservation
Satisfactory
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Craske, Leonard F.
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Gorham Manufacturing Company 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Providence 
13.3)
Fabricator State
RI 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
13.5)
Fabricator/Builder 2
Public Works Department, Gloucester
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
2)
Open Space , Water
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
6 Very Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
7 Exceptional
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
5 Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.4 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
1923
5)
August 23, 1925
6)
September 03, 2000
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
Labor History
Demography
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1)
File Number
95
2)
Town/City
Gloucester
3)
County
Essex
4)
District
Cape Ann
5)
State
MA
6)
Zip
01930
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
42.6101800000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-70.6703380000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Western Avenue
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Babson Court
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Stacy Esplanade
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Stacy Boulevard
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Government, Local
16.2)
Government, State
17)
17.1)
First Americans/Colonists 1492-1775
17.2)
Revolution: War/Governance | 1774-1788
17.3)
Washington to Lincoln|1789-1865
17.4)
1866-1913
17.5)
2001-current
17.6)
20th Century
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
April 09, 2003
19)
19.1)
Book/Pamphlet/Text
19.2)
Government Materials
19.3)
Promotional Materials
19.4)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
August 16, 2010
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
21.1)
Site Survey
21.2)
Newspaper
21.3)
Travel Information
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
TITLE: The title at the site is "Fishermen's Memorial"; but also, on many public documents it is spelled "Fisherman's Memorial."
TITLE ALTERNATES: Man at the Wheel, The Fisherman, Gloucester Fisherman, Fisherman's Statue, Fisherman's Memorial
SOURCES: SIRIS; NPS; Carlock, Guide to Public Art in Greater Boston, p. 184.



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